Was 1989 the greatest year in musical history?

Hell yes, says Jim Butler [First published in Hey Mag, April 2019]

Despite the protestations of small-minded reactionary bores, music, fittingly, just like time, never stands still. There is always something new worth listening to. So far this year there have been vital albums from Little Simz, Solange, Steve Mason, William Tyler, Ariana Grande and Helado Negro.

The key is to remain inquisitive, open to new ideas and keep that inner 16 year-old sense of wonderment alive. Unfortunately, too many people stop listening once…